Allen Hischke: Go back to glass

To the editor:

I have an idea that will put many people to work, save millions of barrels of oil and clean up the environment all at the same time.

This idea: banning all plastic bottles, replacing them with glass bottles and requiring them to be returned and refilled.

The many millions of plastic bottles that are now thrown into landfills, thrown onto our roadways and just plain thrown, would no longer be a trash problem.

Also, there would be an immediate need to put many people to work.

Some of these people would check the bottles into the stores where they were purchased, others would be employed to either clean, or melt down and reform new bottles. Others still would be employed to transport the used bottles to the cleaning, or manufacturing base and to be refilled.

Along with these, the millions of barrels of oil used to produce them would be eliminated. But to me, getting rid of the plastic bottle mess and putting people to work are the most important.

This, in my opinion, is something every citizen should write to their elected officials about. Cleaning up the plastic bottle mess and putting people to work are two very important issues.

I challenge everyone to do just that - write your senators, Congressmen and the president, and tell them how easy it is to put people to work and clean up a big mess.

Yes, it might be a little inconvenient, and yes it might cost a little more.

But would you rather pay for someone to get unemployment, welfare, and/or food stamps? Or would you rather see these people working, earning their own paycheck, and paying their own way?

To me it would be an easy way to solve a big problem.

Allen Hischke


srelaford6 4 years, 6 months ago

This is an outstanding Idea. I remember about 10 yrs ago there was a big push to recycle in Craig. It went off pretty good I would say ,except the cost of delivering the recycled items to the proper facilities was enough to send some people back to the drawing board and rethink the whole idea. Then the next problem was the recycle facilites that were supposed to handle all our recycled goods couldn't process the material fast enough and there was grid lock in the system. Leaving huge pile of aluminum cans and glass and card board at this facility in Craig. After looking into the matter a little further, I found that only a certain percentage of glass and paper can be recycled into new products , I think around 14% if my memory serves me correctly , so there's the problem. We can generate more trash than can be recycled . I will stand behind Allen in his decision to push our senators into finding a solution to these problems of recycling and unemployment. After all he is the only person I have read so far putting any ideas on the table.


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